Tennessee - Chronic Conditions—asthma plan: Policy requirement

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State law addresses asthma plan.

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-223. Asthma

The department of health, in consultation with the department of education and the bureau of TennCare, shall develop a comprehensive state plan to reduce the burden of asthma on school children in this state. The comprehensive plan shall, at a minimum:

  • (1) Promote the development of school asthma action plans between LEAs and local health agencies. School asthma action plans shall include emergency protocols for medical emergencies due to asthma complications;

  • (2) Encourage schools to have individual asthma action plans for students with asthma;

  • (3) Encourage in-service training for teachers, and encourage athletic coaches and athletes to participate in the American Lung Association's asthma treatment training;

  • (4) Encourage the development of education for local boards of education and the public concerning self-administration of asthma medications; and

  • (5) Promote procedures to reduce exposure to smoke, allergens and other irritants in school buildings, on school grounds and at school events

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-50-1602. Assistance in self-administration of medications

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of this title or any other law or rule to the contrary:

  • (1) An LEA must permit possession and self-administration of a prescribed, metered dosage asthma-reliever inhaler by any asthmatic student if the student's parent or guardian:

    • (A) Provides to the school written authorization for student possession and self-administration of the inhaler; and

    • (B) Provides a written statement from the prescribing health care practitioner that the student suffers from asthma and has been instructed in self-administration of the prescribed, metered dosage asthma-reliever inhaler. The statement must also contain the following information:

      • (i) The name and purpose of the medication;

      • (ii)The prescribed dosage;

      • (iii) The time or times the prescribed inhaler is to be regularly administered, as well as any additional special circumstances under which the inhaler is to be administered; and

      • (iv) The length of time for which the inhaler is prescribed;

  • (2) The statements required in subdivision (c)(1) shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or school administrator;

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-50-1602. Assistance in self-administration of medications

(3) The LEA shall inform the student's parent or guardian that the school and its employees and agents shall incur no liability as a result of any injury sustained by the student or any other person from possession or self-administration of the inhaler. The student's parent or guardian shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school shall incur no liability and the parent or guardian shall indemnify and hold harmless the school and its employees against any claims relating to the possession or self-administration of the inhaler. Nothing in this subsection (c) shall be construed to relieve liability of the school or its employees for negligence;

(4) The permission for self-administration of the prescribed, metered dosage asthma-reliever inhaler shall be effective for the school year in which it is granted and must be renewed each following school year upon fulfilling the requirements of subdivisions (c)(1) and (3). The LEA may suspend or revoke the student's possession and self-administration privileges if the student misuses the inhaler or makes the inhaler available for usage by any other person; and

(5) Upon fulfilling the requirements of subdivision (c)(1), an asthmatic student may possess and use the prescribed, metered dose asthma-reliever inhaler when at school, at a school-sponsored activity or before or after normal school activities while on school properties, including school-sponsored child care or after-school programs.

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